A Freehold of My Own

Documenting my journey toward being a self sufficient family


January 2012

Glennon Melton: Friendly Fire

I’ve recently discovered this lovely author. Strangely enough my discovery of her coincided nicely with my final decision to stay home and do my best not to feel guilty about it. This is a great article she wrote on being a working mom versus a stay at home mom, how each comes with it’s own set of challenges, and how other women really should not be beating each other up about each individual’s own decision. My thought’s on the subject are pretty much the same. I used to consider myself a feminist and still do in some ways. One of the many things that drove me away from it was the derision towards woman who want to be homemakers and have a “traditional” female role.

I railed against my desire for this for many years and I think it did a lot of damage to parts of my self esteem. I’m working on fixing those right now. So enjoy my friends! And check out her site Momastery, I love it.

Glennon Melton: Friendly Fire.

via Glennon Melton: Friendly Fire.


Greetings and Welcome

Welcome to my newest blog. Here I will document my adventures in becoming a homemaker and stay at home mom. I will do my best to update weekly, if not daily…or sometimes more than once a day! I go on cooking or crafting rampages sometimes. Each project will get its own post.

This will be an interesting journey for me and a coming home of sorts. As a child and young girl happiness for me was a partner, babies, and being able to stay at home and take care of them. Family was everything to me. We took care of some ducks for a few weeks for friends of ours, little baby ducks. I knew then I wanted livestock. As I grew older and moved into my teens a funny thing happened. I wonder sometimes if my health and my body drive the choices I make in life. I was 15 when my knees blew out. This combined with being angsty teenager altered my aspirations a bit. I still wanted babies but the partner I could take or leave. I raged that marriage was slavery and that I would never be “under the yoke” of any man. Rather than a homemaker I would be a writer. After that I got lost for a little while. It’s taken me almost 10 years to come back to the beginning so to speak. A new but familiar road. You can read more about me in the “About” section.

So pull up a chair, sit back and enjoy the ride! Your comments, stories, encouragement and thoughts are always welcome.

Dried Apples

I am making a batch of dried apples this evening. It’s my first attempt. I’m just using the over drying method. I was going to try wrapping the oven rack in cheesecloth, I discovered that water and lemon juice take grease off very nicely! So there went my nice clean cheese cloth. I decided to use my cake cooling wire and lay them out on there which fits quite nicely. I sliced them just under half an inch thick, local apples of a variety I cannot remember, dipped them in a solution of one litre of water and two tablespoons of lemon juice. So far so good. Will post pictures and write of my success or failure in the morning when they are dry.


OKAY! I’m back! Sorry for the delay. The recent severe weather has been wreaking havoc on my body. The apples turned out beautifully. Slightly over done but that was because I slept in. Either way they are very tasty and almost gone. I believe they were in the oven for about twelve hours, part of that time the oven was a wee bit too warm. After some poking around I managed to get the temperature as low as possible. I am trying to think of other fruits I can dry for snacks. Any ideas?



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